Biochemistry and analytical biochemistry (2015/2016)

Course code
4S02696
Credits
12
Coordinator
Paola Dominici
Other available courses
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
BIOCHIMICA E BIOCHIMICA ANALITICA: BIOCHIMICA 8 BIO/10-BIOCHEMISTRY I semestre Paola Dominici
BIOCHIMICA E BIOCHIMICA ANALITICA: BIOCHIMICA ANALITICA 4 BIO/10-BIOCHEMISTRY See the unit page See the unit page

Learning outcomes

Biochemistry is a branch of life sciences which deals with the study of chemical reactions and their organization in living cells and organisms. It takes into account the studies related to the nature of the chemical constituents of living matter, their transformations in biological systems and the energy changes associated with these transformations.
Students will be guided through the course to understand the relationships between structure and function of macromolecules, and the regulatory strategies, with particular focus on metabolic pathways.

Syllabus

Chemistry of biomolecules with emphasis on the bioenergetics and control of metabolic
pathways via regulation of specific enzymes.
Specific Coverage:
I. Proteins, protein structure and mechanism.
II. Enzyme mechanism and Enzyme kinetics
III. Metabolism: Carbohydrates, conversion of sugars, anaerobic and aerobic
metabolism. Fat catabolism. Amino acid degradation.
IV. Anabolic Pathways: Carbohydrates, fats and lipids, amino acids and steroids.
V. DNA replication

Assessment methods and criteria

The aim of the exam is to test the level of knowledge and deepening of the topics of the course program and the reasoning skills developed by the student on issues related to biochemistry. The assessment is expressed in thirtieths (minimum grade 18).


The exam is written and consists of 11 open questions on the main topics (i.e protein structure, metabolisms and regulation, etc) of the course. Each response value can score up to 3.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R.H.Garret; C.M. Grisham BIOCHIMICA Zanichelli  
BERG-TYMOCZKO- STRYER BIOCHIMICA (Edizione 7) ZANICHELLI 2012
M. C. Bonaccorsi di Patti, R. Contestabile, M. L. Di Salvo Metodologie Biochimiche Casa Editrice Ambrosiana 2012